Jennifer Dolezsar – Schenectady District Attorney’s Office
PATTERSONVILLE – A Pattersonville woman was sentenced to up to six years in prison this week after admitting she took $ 147,000 from the veterinary clinic she worked at. The conviction came after the vet who stole it spoke of the “incalculable” effects of the theft, Schenectady District Attorney officials said.
Jennifer Dolezsar, 49, of Pattersonville, earlier pleaded guilty.
Judge Matthew Sypniewski sentenced Dolezsar on Tuesday to two to six years in prison on her consent form, prosecutors said. The judge also ordered her to pay the victim the full refund.
Dolezsar admitted to embezzling funds from the Veterinary Specialties Referral Center in Pattersonville for several years, prosecutors said.
The judge sentenced Dolezsar after being told by clinic owner Dr. Joseph C. Glennon shared the countless extra hours of work and sleepless nights trying to keep the business going – while Dolezsar stole thousands of dollars.
“In the early days of the pandemic when people were laid off, I assured ALL of my employees that they would receive a paycheck,” wrote Glennon in his statement on the victim’s impact in court. “Jenn continued to take for himself.”
“Speaking from experience,” Glennon wrote elsewhere in his statement, “Jenn is a hollow, cold, calculating PREDATOR who lies and takes advantage of people’s trust.”
Dolezsar admitted taking cash payments received from the clinic and then falsifying daily reports sent to the company’s accountant to cover up her theft, prosecutors said.
State police investigators found that she had stolen a total of $ 147,490, prosecutors said.
Glennon told the court about the lasting financial ramifications of the theft of Dolezsar. The thefts lasted five years, he wrote. Dolezsar worked as the clinic’s only full-time receptionist for most of the time, he said.
Glennon said he would have to work longer hours as a result to keep his veterinary practice going, and he and his wife would likely have to work five years after their expected retirement date to make up for the losses.
“For five years she came to work happily even on her days off, with the sole intention of taking my income,” Glennon told the court. “Every day was a cash payday for her. For me it was … 12 to 14 hour days that I worked tirelessly to keep the business going. “
When Dolezsar was sentenced, the judge called her a “thief” and said he doubted the victim would ever see the money again.
Schenectady District Attorney Robert Carney also made a statement on the case:
“Small business embezzlement sometimes involves devastating financial losses and the shock of realizing that a trustworthy employee shouldn’t be given such consideration. We would like to Dr. Glennon is very fond of healing, but if that proves impossible, at least this sentence shows Ms. Dolezsar and anyone else who ponders similar crimes that there is a price to be paid for ongoing and systematic theft. “
The case was being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney William M. Lemon. Dolezsar was represented by lawyer Steven Kouray.